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Drug Policies and Drug Treatment in the United States of America

Jasmin Schiefer

Publication date 2013-10-22

socialnet Materials. Series 2: Akademische Abschlussarbeiten

Bachelor thesis for the final examination at the Hochschule Darmstadt, Fachbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaft und Soziale Arbeit
First consultant: Prof. Dr. rer. soc. Angelika Groterath
Second consultant: Dipl. Soz.päd Volker Weyel
Grade: 1,5


In the United States of America, hundreds of people die every day from drug overdoses. The USA has therefore declared the abuse of prescription drugs as an epidemic. The aim of this bachelor thesis is to give the reader an insight into the current drug problem in the United States of America. It will be made clear how exactly the current governing state power is trying to counteract the problem. The current "Obama" administration is trying to put a stop to this epidemic with a revised and renewed drug policy.

First, the current drug problem is examined in more detail and illustrated by existing studies. Current studies are highlighted and compared to provide the reader with a basis for discussion. The thesis focuses on adolescents and young adults, as they are particularly at risk of becoming addicted to prescription drugs.

Finally, after detailing the current drug epidemic and outlining government drug policies/strategies, the bachelor's thesis presents and describes in more detail various treatment options. For the first time in US history, drug addiction is recognised as a treatable disease. The bachelor thesis was written in English in order to make as many people as possible aware of the current drug problem in the USA. You can find more details in the enclosed "Table of Contents".

Table of Contents


  1. Abuse and Addiction of Prescription Drugs in the United States of America (USA)
    1. Term Definition – Abuse and Addiction
    2. The United States of America (USA)
    3. Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
    4. Over-the-Counter Drugs (OTC) and Prescription Drugs
    5. What is Prescription Drug Abuse?
    6. Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs
    7. What are Opioids?
    8. What is Oxycodone?
  2. Drug Addiction in the United States of America
    1. What is Drug Addiction?
    2. Psychological and Physical Dependence of Drugs
    3. Why do People Turn to Drugs?
    4. Risk Factor Youth
  3. Prescription Drug Abuse in the USA – Recent Trends
    1. National Studies on Prescription Drug Abuse
    2. 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
      1. Illicit Drug Use Results
      2. Prescription Drug Abuse Results
    3. 2012 Monitoring the Future (MTF) Study
      1. Illicit Drug Use Results
      2. Prescription Drug Abuse Results
    4. Study Result Comparison of MTF & NSDUH
    5. Results of the 2012 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS)
    6. Results of the 2011 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN)
  4. Drug Policies in the United States of America
    1. Modern Drug Policy Principles
    2. The Obama Administration - A Drug Policy for the 21st Century
    3. The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
    4. The National Drug Control Strategy
    5. Policy Focus: Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse
    6. Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan
      1. Education
      2. Tracking and Monitoring
      3. Disposal
      4. Enforcement
    7. Prescription Drug Abuse Plan Goals
    8. Fiscal Year 2014 Budget: Supporting A 21st Century Drug Policy
  5. Drug Treatment in the United States of America
    1. Treatment Settings
    2. Effective Drug Addiction Treatment Principles
    3. Recent Trends in Substance Abuse Treatment
    4. Drug Treatment for Adolescents and Young Adults
    5. Adolescents Drug Treatment Settings
    6. Treatment Cost in the USA Conclusion References


  1. Bachelor thesis (pdf)

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